Recycled Alpaca Legwarmers

The Northeast, for those of you not residing here, has been nostril-freezingly cold these last few days. It was time, fair readers, to Break Out the Legwarmers. In Breaking Out the Legwarmers, I realized there was a project I had never shown you that took me about 15 minutes to complete one frigid winter night a couple of years back.

There was this old, furry alpaca sweater I'd picked up at a thrift store years back that had been warming a bag at the bottom of my closet. It was awfully schlumpy. So Mr. Schlumpy sweater became these:

recycled alpaca legwarmers

I simply cut off the sleeves, hemmed the raw edge with my sewing machine, which stopped any unraveling, and ran some elastic through that hem. Ta da! Flashdance-worthy, vaguely vintagey alpaca legwarmers.

recycled alpaca legwarmers

Yesterday in yoga class, though, the teacher was wearing these sort of stirrup-legwarmers that seemed easily worn with boots. As a bonus, they were black with silver blingy stuff in the yarn. I'm tempted to recreate them.

This space has been a little quiet lately. The kitchen has been dull for blogging purposes - I did a mild 7-day cleanse last week. If you are curious about how that went, I posted to the Namaste Knitters discussion board on Ravelry (be warned, however, TMI ahead). The short version is that the food was boring, but I felt like a million bucks. Surely part of the takeaway is supposed to be that one should stop fetishizing food, and think about what you eat actually does for you (or to you, in some cases), which lines up well with my goal for the new year. At the same time, eating, sometimes eating things that aren't that healthy, gives me pleasure. That pleasure has a value, too. So sorry, detox, I am just never going to give up a warm croissant on a Sunday morning!

Posted by jess at January 18, 2009 3:19 PM | TrackBack

How clever! Those look warm and toasty!

Posted by: grumperina at January 18, 2009 5:19 PM

How cute! They sort of look like cavewoman-ish :)

Posted by: yoel at January 18, 2009 8:15 PM

How crafty of you to repurpose the schlubby sweater sleeves for legwarmers!! They look so warm and comfy--perfect for this cold, winter weather.

I'm tempted to give this cleanse-business a try, after hearing how great you and gleek have felt after doing it. But I'm with you: sometimes you eat a little something for pleasure and, if done in moderation, is perfectly OK.

Posted by: lisa at January 18, 2009 9:08 PM

Those are awesome! Way to recycle a frumpy sweater into something great.

Posted by: Julie at January 18, 2009 10:26 PM

first, great legwarmers! perfect idea for recycling old sweaters!

and the cleanse, yes, i love a good cleanse. but they aren't meant for every day use. enjoy food! you only live once.

Posted by: gleek at January 19, 2009 5:20 PM

great use for an old item. i like seeing people reuse objects in a new way. it is so much better than seeing it end up in the dump or on the street!

Posted by: britt at January 21, 2009 1:43 PM

How creative you are! I had some legwarmers in the early 70's that looked just like that! They were so very warm. I hope you keep warm!

Posted by: gail at January 21, 2009 9:59 PM

I love these! What a fabulous idea!

Posted by: Kristine at January 26, 2009 1:16 PM

Boy, those certainly look warm and cozy!

Posted by: Andrea at January 29, 2009 8:45 AM

Well, I think the legwarmers are SUPER cool. I'm thinking of making some because I, too, live in the northeast (connecticut) and it's been a bit chilly here. I think we should bring back the legwarmers!! Start a revolution!

Posted by: Brianna at January 30, 2009 1:18 PM

You know detoxing always SOUNDS like a good idea, but then I never want to give up anything..
Leg warmers are super cute!! Wish I could wear them without looking like a complete dork.

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